Observing the huge amount of human individuals currently incarnated on the planet
(7.5 billion in 2017) and the immense variety of expressions of the human experience, I like to compare humanity with a tapestry.
In this metaphor the human individual is equated with one fiber in that immense tapestry called humanity. A tapestry that arises from the eternal weaving of reality by the (co-)creative forces. As this one fiber we are each immersed and kept into existence by an all inclusive Presence. We are – obviously – a part of all that is and the creative Source endows us with consciousness so we can become aware of who we are and become aware of a part, a singular reflection, of all that is. As a human individual we represent one single perspective on reality in a tapestry of more then 7.5 billion singular perspectives. Many perspectives are partially reassembling one an another which creates collective
perspectives on reality, yet every single perspective is
forever a unique, original perspective. By being aware of reality, each of us reflects her/his own inner experience back to Source, Who is aware with us. Through these bilions of singular awarenesses all that is can know Itself through billions of perspectives, each perspective living a unique experience of all that is.
As a single fiber in the immense tapestry of boundless weaving reality, all that is endows us with the creative potency of one single fiber, being its own unique thread in the larger whole, with its own specific color, length, texture and thickness. All that the fiber has to do to fulfill its role in the tapestry is being itself. By being itself the fiber automatically interlaces with the necessary surrounding fibers, doing its part of holding the structure together, shining its own specific color into the universe, representing its local fragment of the larger design of the tapestry. Perhaps shining the same or similar color as some neighboring fibers, perhaps shining a very different and contrasting color compared to some other neighboring fibers. It wouldn’t make sense if all the fibers would try to match the color of all the other fibers. The tapestry would end up having just one color. Its design would be vanished. The variety of different colors would be wiped out, patterns and forms would be extinct. The aliveness, beauty and meaning of the tapestry would have died out. So in parallel, when a human being overlooks her/his unique, original, true Self, it seems as much a personal misfortune to me as it deprives humanity of a precious attribute.
In order for the larger tapestry to gain its full elegance and meaning, it is essential that each single fiber stays absolutely faithful to its unique qualities and true color. So by comparison we bring our most valuable contribution to humanity when we stay completely faithful to our authentic Core Being. This authentic Self inside is inherently composed of the optimal color, the optimal strength, shape and size, that we are meant to become and be.
I use the metaphor of the fiber and the tapestry to illustrate the philosophy behind the Integral Presence Process. The purpose of this process is to find your way back to your Core Being and then to live authentically from that place. This way you become completely, wholly and exactly your true Self, you occupy automatically your own meaningful place in the present day humanity on this planet in this universe and you live your life to the fullest.
Jan Janssen – January 25th 2017.